« The Israeli army deployed soldiers and tanks in Al Khiyam, along the border with Lebanon, after a significant escalation in regional tensions on Monday. This development coincided with the launching of missiles from Lebanon into Israeli territory, prompting an immediate response from Israeli forces.
The IDF said its troops had “neutralised a number of terrorist infiltrators” who earlier entered Israel from the territory of Lebanon.
The footage features Israeli tanks manoeuvring through the Metula colony, with Israeli soldiers patrolling the colony’s roads, and Israeli flags displayed prominently in the colony’s streets. UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon) armed patrols and the presence of the Lebanese army can be observed along the border.
Hamas launched a surprise attack on Israel on Saturday, October 7, firing thousands of rockets as militants broke through into Israeli territory as part of what the group described as ‘Operation Al-Aqsa Flood’.
Israel responded with airstrikes on the Gaza Strip and issued a formal declaration of war on Hamas, warning residents in Gaza to leave their homes.
Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant ordered a full lockdown on Gaza, with electricity, fuel, water and food cut off to the area.
Hamas said the operation was due to the long-running Israeli blockade, raids on West Bank cities and other attacks, while Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed ‘mighty vengeance’ on the group.
At time of publication, hundreds have been reported dead on both sides in the most deadly escalation of the ongoing conflict in decades. According to the UN, over 120,000 Palestinians have been displaced during the current fighting. »